Natural Resource Management in Western Australia

State NRM Program grants

The State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program is a Western Australian Government initiative providing funding to protect and conserve WA's environment and natural resources.

Two types of grant are available through the program.

Community grants provide funding for on-ground community-based projects that conserve, restore, rehabilitate or enhance the environment. Catchment and community groups, industry groups, not for profit organisations, local government authorities and schools are eligible.

Strategic priority project grants are for larger scale, strategic projects that address specified WA government priorities. This funding is made available to a broad range of government and non-government organisations.

Spending history

More than $67 million has been committed to grants since the Program's inception in 2009, supporting over 430 different projects delivered by more than 220 groups.

These projects have achieved impressive results in their local environments.

Visit our projects page for detailed information on individual projects.

2014 Community grants NOW OPEN

$2.7 million is available through the 2014 State NRM Program Community grants.

Community groups can now apply for grants between $10 000 and $50 000 for activities that help conserve, restore, rehabilitate or enhance a local natural area or conserve biodiversity.

Grants are available for on-ground works, as well as planning, training, and resource assessment activities. Schools, industry groups, not-for-profit organisations, local governments and environment action groups in regional and metropolitan areas of Western Australia can apply.

Applications close Friday 20 June 2014.

Note: the 'project plan' in the application form (p.5) and guidelines (p.11) is an A3 page.

For more information please contact us (08) 9368 3168

Valuing your contribution

Your contribution as a volunteer is probably much bigger than you realise.

In an environment of shrinking budgets it's important we capture the true value of volunteer and other in-kind effort. It helps funders understand the real dollar value of activities and impact of spending on community projects.

In-kind contributions include the donation of:

  • time (volunteer hours or specialist services)
  • use of equipment
  • materials

Time is often underestimated in these calculations.

When estimating time, consider all the things that you and others do:

  • traveling
  • organising things
  • promoting and communicating
  • supervising activities
  • the list goes on....

State NRM Program volunteer rates:

  • adult $250 per day or $30 per hour
  • child $15 per hour
  • specialists are accounted at their normal full rates

We can't emphasise enough how important it is to capture in-kind contributions.

Please contact us if you would like help estimating the in-kind contribution of your project.

Information for grant recipients


Acknowledging State NRM Program funding

If you have a project with us please remember to acknowledge us as a funder.

This helps spread the news about the types of activities we fund, raises our profile as a key funder and keeps the WA community informed of how public money is spent.

Please use these words: ..."supported by funding from the Western Australian Government's State Natural Resource Management Program" ...

Acknowledgement should be included in all promotional activities:

  • events and announcements
  • media releases and interviews
  • workshops, forums and conferences
  • display materials and signs
  • publications and websites

Where logos are required use the State Government crest, available on the common badging website.


Funding agreement and reporting templates

These are supplied as an example only. You will receive the latest versions of these when you develop your funding agreement and commence reporting.


Subscribe to updates

I agree to the Terms & Conditions

The Tipping Point Conference 7-9 May 2014 Busselton WA

The Tipping Point Conference 7-9 May 2014 Busselton WA

Organisers have amassed a team of high profile speakers to stretch our minds and make us think. Come and be briefed on how to make the most of current trends in social and economic systems for the benefit of the environment.

Visit conference website

Page last updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014